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Dear #BlackLivesMatter: How About You Charlatans Start Supporting Black Cops...
Dear #BlackLivesMatter Charlatans,
Well, here we are. It isn't just white cops who are being shot dead. A black police officer, Randolph Holder, 33 was shot in the head while on duty in Harlem. The original article casually omits the race of the officer and of the main suspect. Because racism. From CNN:
The incident started following a report of an armed robbery. "Responding officers were told by a victim that his bike had been stolen at gunpoint," Bratton said.
Holder, 33, and his partner were in plainclothes when they saw a suspect riding a bike on a pedestrian overpass.
The pair, part of a unit that works in the city's housing developments, indicated they were chasing more than one person, then exchanged gunfire with them, authorities said. Holder was shot in the head, and he was taken to a local hospital, where he died.
Do you hear that, #BlackLivesMatter? It means that Randolph Holder was shot while trying to retrieve a stolen bike, from the looks of it. Like all the other recent attacks on officers, a needless death. Sadly, Holder is one of four officers murdered this year in New York. Mayor de Blasio will likely never admit the media's vilification of "racist cops" killing innocent "unarmed" black people may be playing a role in this recent rash of cop murders. But we are. Here we have a black cop who was killed by a we-don't-know-what-race of person. Probably not a white guy, because a white person shooting a black cop would be news, don't you think? Like a white cop shooting a black person is always news. #BlackLivesMatter...except if those #BlackLives are cops. Got it? Shut up and get with the hashtag.
Of course we probably won't have #BlackLivesMatter protesting this black man's death, or calling for justice...because he was a cop. We probably won't hear calls for greater gun control from the left, since it was a criminal who shot a cop. Look, it brings me no pleasure to point out these hypocrisies, but they're pivotal. If black lives matter, then so should the lives of Randolph Holder and all the fallen black officers who've tried to protect their communities. Your communities.
Black police officers are often lost in the shuffle of today's identity politics. Which is a shame, because they're often the ones at a greater risk. My father was raised in Detroit. It was common knowledge that black police officers were more targeted than other men in uniform. In Detroit, they were seen as "traitors." Which begs a question... Why would a black man choosing to become a police officer be seen as a "traitor?" Maybe because the black community has been fed lie after lie telling them cops are racist and out to destroy their community? Maybe it's because leftist politicians and media elites alike have a vested interest in playing people off one another through identity politics in order to garner votes. Maybe we need a change in attitude. Maybe instead of lighting vigils for the Mike Brown's and Freddie Gray's of the world, we should be shining a light on brave men like Holder who choose to go against the grain and do the right thing? There is no doubt becoming a police officer was one of the toughest decisions Randolph Holder ever made. He saw how dangerous the ride was but bought a ticket anyway. Bravery defined. Maybe we spend more time raising men like Holder, and less time on dishonest #HandsUpDontShoot hashtags?
Holder is one of four officers killed in New York in the past year.
The other three include Brian Moore, who was fatally wounded as he sat in an unmarked police car in Queens with his partner on May 2. The officers saw a man adjusting something in his waistband, and when they pulled up behind him to ask, the man opened fire on them, hitting Moore. His partner was uninjured.
On December 20, 2014, a gunman approached officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in their car in Brooklyn and shot them both in the head. The suspect then killed himself.
Our thoughts and prayers to all these families.